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Major change to address A140 blackspot proposed

A140 - B1107 junction on Stuston Lane. The council wants to stop people turing right onto the A140. ANL-150402-124204009
A140 - B1107 junction on Stuston Lane. The council wants to stop people turing right onto the A140. ANL-150402-124204009

Traffic may soon not be able to turn right at a key junction with the A140 over safety concerns.

The Stuston Lane/B1077 junction with the A140 at Brome has long been identified as dangerous, as well as a cut-through for traffic avoiding the A140/A143 roundabout on the Norfolk/Suffolk border.

Suffolk County Council is asking local councils, police and people whether they support stopping people turning right out of Stuston Lane, on to the A140, which necessitates having to cross oncoming traffic.

Traffic would still be able to turn left out of the junction and south and northbound A140 traffic would still be able to turn into the junction.

David Laurie, chairman of Stuston Parish Council said the council was due to meet on the issue on February 26 to give its formal response.

He said: “My initial reaction is it should be beneficial to us as a village. We have wanted to do something with the roads for a while and people use the road (Stuston Lane) as a rat-run through the village.”

He said the village has long had a problem with traffic and speeding through the village, and the new road layout following the Scole bypass construction had affected the village.

A spokesman for Suffolk County Council said: “This scheme is a collision reduction scheme to reduce (and hopefully eliminate) the number of people being injured at this junction.

“It was identified in the analysis of collisions that Suffolk County Council undertakes annually as a site where higher than expected injuries were occurring.

“The nature of the collisions showed that vehicles exiting the B1077 onto the higher flow A140 are involved.

“Stopping vehicles turning right would stop this happening.”

District councillor for the area, David Burn, said the balance was between convenience and safety, but said there were many unanswered questions.

He said: “We also need to look at the junction of the A140 and B1077 going to Eye, which is notoriously more problematic than this one ever was.

“The stretch needs to be looked at collectively.”

The Diss Express asked Suffolk County Council for accident figures at the junction, but has not yet received them.

The consultation started on Wednesday and runs to February 26.

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